“Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me—one who is eating with me.” … “Truly I tell you … before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times.”
—Mark 14:18, 30
Some theologians say that God doesn’t know what the future will hold, that he leaves it open for human activity to determine. But today’s verses show that the Son of God knows the future. In fact, Christ holds the future in his hands.
Jesus knew that one of his disciples would betray him and turn him over to the authorities. Jesus also revealed that Peter would deny him before the rooster crowed the next morning.
God knows us through and through. Psalm 139:1-2 exclaims, “You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.”
Unfortunately, we do not know whether our lives will yield good or ill. But Jesus has shown that nothing takes him by surprise.
Jesus prepares us for his suffering as well as his glory. All of life is in his hands. He warned, “In this world you will have trouble.” But he followed those words with a promise: “But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
God is present in both our joys and our struggles. Jesus promises, “I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). That means now and every day to come—no matter what we face.
Lord Jesus, just as you were prepared for death and glory, so prepare us by your Word for everything that comes our way. In your name, Amen.
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